351. Top Tip Tuesday - Were you caught short? We were!

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Despite carrying more stock than Andy's accountant and his bank manager think sensible, it has been hard to keep certain products in sufficient quantity to satisfy demand as the country wakes up! Was this caused by the hold up in the Suez Canal the other week, maybe it was all this ‘home working'. International Paints had a major setback with a fire in their Felling factory! We are still waiting for their Watertite epoxy filler however we have stocks of both the Hempel & Epifanes (incidentaly the Epifanes is superb value for money). Other items are now slowly starting to trickling through. Our sailmaking side of the business is currently struggling to get hold of 25mm stainless tube end fittings, YKK zips and certain threads are proving hard to come by. On the chandlery side, apart from scarcity of certain International paint items which are currently O.O.S. inflatable dinghies are getting as rare as hen's teeth and even though the 'boss' had some inside information and doubled up on his stock certain models are already sold out! Lagun cockpit table frames we now have back in stock after a shortage. In the last two months we have sold more than in the last three years, which hasn’t helped! Not only are they a favourite with yachties but it seems that these new motor home proud owners are also snapping them up, mind you our offer of a free storage bag worth £50 does help!

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Magma Marine Kettle BBQ's are also selling like hot cakes and are no longer, as I write, subject to delay. Once again the offer of a free breathable cover (worth £70-00) and manufactured in a colour to match one's boats spray hood, stack pack or some other item of canvas work is proving irresistible! If, however, you are a traditionalist you may decide the charcoal fuelled Magma kettle grill is for you as against the gas powered one. This model also comes with that superb free breathable cover.

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A hundred and counting! Probably because we have sold so many of these Bynolyt binoculars (as used by the RNLI and a PBO Best Buy product) in the last three months the importer of these superb optical instruments ran out, however the good news is that we should have fresh stock imminently, please form an orderly queue.

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Oops I forget to mention, what else is in short supply? Another eight day ‘week’ for Andy!

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